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Newsletter of the Boyd Park Toastmasters Club. We are a friendly, supportive club that meets in Brisbane's vibrant inner-northern suburb of Nundah. Our lively club attracts fantastic members from the local community and farther afield. We are committed to working together to achieve our individual communication and leadership goals. Why not join us?

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  • Page 1

    Volume 2, Issue 2. October - December 2011

    From the President's Pen

    Hello and welcome to ourlast Boyd Park Bulletin of2011.Who would have thought theyear would fly by so fast? Weare almost half way throughanother Toastmaster year, sothis is a good opportunity tolook back on the goals we setfor ourselves in July.

    Let's be kind to ourselves inthe process: congratulateyourself on what you havedone, and don't be afraid toadjust your plans goingforward!

    How do you feel you are doingin making progress towardsyour personal developmentand educational goals? Howcan we help you maintain yourmomentum and continue togrow and feel supported?Help us to help you!

    I look forward to seeing you atour next meeting.

    Until then, remember to keepsmiling.

    TM Emma BanksClub President

    Inside

    In public speaking, your body canbe an effective tool for addingemphasis and clarity to yourwords.

    Its also your most powerfulinstrument for convincing anaudience of your sincerity,earnestness and enthusiasm.

    Heres how you can incorporateappropriate body language intoyour speeches:

    Start with eye contact. Dont

    just pass your gaze throughoutthe room; try to focus onindividual listeners and create abond with them by looking themdirectly in the eyes for five to 10seconds.

    Smile! Express emotion with yourfacial muscles.

    Avoid distractingmannerisms. Have a friendwatch as you practise and look

    for nervous expressions such asfidgeting, twitching, lip biting,key jingling, hands in pockets orbehind the back.

    Telling a story? Highlight theaction verbs and look for waysto act out one or more parts. Forexample, if you are speakingabout marathon running, run afew steps.

    Stay true to yourpersonality. Dont copy gesturesfrom a book or other speaker, but

    Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    Key Dates

    President's Pen 1Educational: Gestures 2Club News 2Speech Contests 3Bird's Eye View 3Savvy Speaker's Toolkit 3Educational: Toasts 4Club Executive 4

    24 October: Meeting 29 October: Area 19 Conference 14 November: Meeting 28 November: Meeting 12 December: Last meeting of2011 9 January: Meeting 17 March: District Conference 4 - 6 May: Division 69Convention

    (cont. page 2)

  • Page 2

    Advanced Manual of the Month

    respond naturally towhat you feel and say.

    Make gesturesconvincing. Everyhand gesture shouldbe total bodymovement that startsfrom the shoulder never from the elbow.Half-hearted gestures

    look artificial.

    Vary your speakingposition by movingfrom one spot on thestage to another. Forexample, walk to theother side of the stageas you move to a newtopic or move towardthe audience as you

    ask a question.

    2011 ToastmastersInternational. Adaptedfrom Gestures: GetMoving!http://bit.ly/oOj7KNAccessed 10.10.2011.(adapted for length)

    Speaking to InformA great manual topractise information-rich presentations,with five projects tohelp you deliverinformative, relevantand interestingspeeches using arange of effectivetechniques. A good oneto tie in with yourwork goals.

    Speech summaries:1. Present new anduseful information.2. Develop and adaptmaterial to suit youraudience.3. Clearly demonstratea process, product oractivity.4. Present a fact-finding report andanswer questions.5. Clearly explain an

    abstract concept,theory, or historical/social/ political issue.

    Order two AdvancedManuals for free whenyou complete yourCompetentCommunicatormanual, or at any timefrom ToastmastersInternationalwww.toastmasters.org.

    Area 19 Contests 2011

    Speech Contests 2011

    Speech contests area chance to practisecommunicationand leadershipskills under a strictset of conditions.

    Each contest has itsown set of rules,and a pointssystem for variouscategories of skills.Check out therulebook atwww.toastmasters.org/rulebook.

    We generally offerfour contests at BoydPark Toastmasters:Table Topics,Evaluation,Humourous andInternational.

    This year's winnersat club level were: Table Topics:Andrew C Evaluation:Robert G

    Humourous:Geoff D International:Andrew C

    These intrepidspeakers went on torepresent Boyd Parkand compete againstwinners from four tofive other clubs at atarea level onSaturday 29 October.

    All four contestantsperformed admirablyon the day, and didthemselves and theclub very proud.

    Next up is divisionand district level,and while Boyd Parkwill not berepresented at theselevels this year, weencourage you toconsider attending -particularly if youwould like tocompete in thefuture.

    The division contestwill be held on 17March, and thedistrict contest atthe District 69Convention inBrisbane on 4 - 6May 2012. Moredetails will beavailable during clubmeetings.

    Finally, none of thiscan happen withoutthe teams ofcontest officialswho organise eachstep of the way.Judges, contestchairs, tallycounters, timers,sergeant at arms...you don't have tocompete to practiseyour skills in a clubcontest.

    So pull up a chair -or a lectern - andenjoy the contests asthey unfold over theyear.

    Check out these freeonline resources tohelp improve yourspeaking, thinkingand leadershipskills.

    1. Building Skillswith Style: articleson choosing a topic,developing apresentation and

    overcoming writers'block, byToastmaster andprofessional speakerRobert Green.http://bit.ly/sqWoFY

    2. TED Talks: watchjust one of thehundreds of talks onthis site and foreverchange the way you

    view publicspeaking - and quitepossibly the world.Science,entertainment,business andtechnology are allcovered in talks of 3- 18 minutes each.http://bit.ly/tJtp2h

    DCP

    Progress

    0/1 1 AdvancedCommunicator

    0/1 1 AdvancedCommunicator

    0/2 2 CompetentCommunicators

    1/2 2 CompetentCommunicators

    0/1 1 LeadershipAward

    0/1 1 LeadershipAward

    3/4 4 NewMembers4 New

    Members0/4

    1/2 TrainingWinter/Summer

    Officers/Semis1/2

    Right: The Contest Chairpresents certificates tocontestants in the Area 19Humourous Speech Contest onSaturday 29 October 2011. Welldone to the speakers whorepresented our club in all fourcontests, and a big thank you toeveryone who helped out on theday. (See Speech Contests 2011, pg. 3)

    (cont. from page 1)

    Boyd Park Bulletin. Volume 2, Issue 2. October - December 2011

  • Page 3

    Advanced Manual of the Month

    respond naturally towhat you feel and say.

    Make gesturesconvincing. Everyhand gesture shouldbe total bodymovement that startsfrom the shoulder never from the elbow.Half-hearted gestures

    look artificial.

    Vary your speakingposition by movingfrom one spot on thestage to another. Forexample, walk to theother side of the stageas you move to a newtopic or move towardthe audience as you

    ask a question.

    2011 ToastmastersInternational. Adaptedfrom Gestures: GetMoving!http://bit.ly/oOj7KNAccessed 10.10.2011.(adapted for length)

    Speaking to InformA great manual topractise information-rich presentations,with five projects tohelp you deliverinformative, relevantand interestingspeeches using arange of effectivetechniques. A good oneto tie in with yourwork goals.

    Speech summaries:1. Present new anduseful information.2. Develop and adaptmaterial to suit youraudience.3. Clearly demonstratea process, product oractivity.4. Present a fact-finding report andanswer questions.5. Clearly explain an

    abstract concept,theory, or historical/social/ political issue.

    Order two AdvancedManuals for free whenyou complete yourCompetentCommunicatormanual, or at any timefrom ToastmastersInternationalwww.toastmasters.org.

    Area 19 Contests 2011

    Speech Contests 2011

    Speech contests area chance to practisecommunicationand leadershipskills under a strictset of conditions.

    Each contest has itsown set of rules,and a pointssystem for variouscategories of skills.Check out therulebook atwww.toastmasters.org/rulebook.

    We generally offerfour contests at BoydPark Toastmasters:Table Topics,Evaluation,Humourous andInternational.

    This year's winnersat club level were: Table Topics:Andrew C Evaluation:Robert G

    Humourous:Geoff D International:Andrew C

    These intrepidspeakers went on torepresent Boyd Parkand compete againstwinners from four tofive other clubs at atarea level onSaturday 29 October.

    All four contestantsperformed admirablyon the day, and didthemselves and theclub very proud.

    Next up is divisionand district level,and while Boyd Parkwill not berepresented at theselevels this year, weencourage you toconsider attending -particularly if youwould like tocompete in thefuture.

    The division contestwill be held on 17March, and thedistrict contest atthe District 69Convention inBrisbane on 4 - 6May 2012. Moredetails will beavailable during clubmeetings.

    Finally, none of thiscan happen withoutthe teams ofcontest officialswho organise eachstep of the way.Judges, contestchairs, tallycounters, timers,sergeant at arms...you don't have tocompete to practiseyour skills in a clubcontest.

    So pull up a chair -or a lectern - andenjoy the contests asthey unfold over theyear.

    The Savvy Speaker's Toolkit

    Check out these freeonline resources tohelp improve yourspeaking, thinkingand leadershipskills.

    1. Building Skillswith Style: articleson choosing a topic,developing apresentation and

    overcoming writers'block, byToastmaster andprofessional speakerRobert Green.http://bit.ly/sqWoFY

    2. TED Talks: watchjust one of thehundreds of talks onthis site and foreverchange the way you

    view publicspeaking - and quitepossibly the world.Science,entertainment,business andtechnology are allcovered in talks of 3- 18 minutes each.http://bit.ly/tJtp2h

    Bird's Eye

    View

    Members are at the heart ofToastmasters International.Here are the s